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Is it ok to take magnesium citrate tablets daily for constipation.

Is it ok to take magnesium citrate tablets daily for constipation.

Not recommended: You do not want to take a laxative daily because if you do your colon will become dependent on it and you will not be able to have a bowel movement without it. Increase water and fiber. You can try a bulking agent like mirilax as needed. See your doctor for other treatments available or to diagnose the cause. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take magnesium citrate 133 mg twice a day, daily for constipation? Thanks in advance.

Is it safe to take magnesium citrate 133 mg twice a day, daily for constipation? Thanks in advance.

Constipation & Mg: I would recommend that youj try some other alternatives such as Senna, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or even see your doctor about some prescription medications used to treat constipation. Magnesium will enter your systemic circulation and could possibly have an unintended effect on your blood electrolytes. ...Read more

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Can you take bisacodyl and magnesium citrate together? I am a 90lb girl and don't want to overdose but struggle with severe constipation

Can you take bisacodyl and magnesium citrate together? I am a 90lb girl and don't want to overdose but struggle with severe constipation

See answer: It is ok to take it once assuming you don't have abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, blood in stool, or other alarm symptoms that would be best evaluated in an ER setting before trying those meds. Another option is to use a fleets enema. Increase your water/fiber intake as well. You may need to see a gastroenterologist for your severe constipation. I hope you get better soon! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take magnesium citrate immediately after a suppository for severe constipation due to pain meds after surgery?

Is it safe to take magnesium citrate immediately after a suppository for severe constipation due to pain meds after surgery?

Mostly: If you're healthy otherwise, that should be fine. Severe constipation with narcotics is a real problem. Tapering back/off the meds as soon as you can will help. ...Read more

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Take the generic form of lexapro (escitalopram) and I have constipation, average of 1 bm per 7 day period. Is it safe to drink magnesium citrate to relieve?

Take the generic form of lexapro (escitalopram) and I have constipation, average of 1 bm per 7 day period. Is it safe to drink magnesium citrate to relieve?

See answer: How do you know your constipation is from Lexapro (escitalopram)? See your pcp to make sure there are no other reasons. Changes to your diet, eg. Increasing fiber, eliminating processed foods, and increased exercise should be considered before taking any more meds. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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About to take 300mL of magnesium citrate, as directed by my doctor for constipation. However, how fast should I drink the magnesium citrate & how quickly should I drink the glass of water with it? If I have a decaf latte after taking it, is that okay?

About to take 300mL of magnesium citrate, as directed by my doctor for constipation. However, how fast should I drink the magnesium citrate & how quickly should I drink the glass of water with it? If I have a decaf latte after taking it, is that okay?

Just drink: Just drink the bottle of magnesium citrate as though you were drinking a bottle of water when thirsty. Follow with bottle of water in similar fashion and relax. There is no problem having decaf latte. ...Read more

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I am 10 weeks pregnant...is it ok to take magnesium citrate to treat constipation? Stool softeners aren't working.

I am 10 weeks pregnant...is it ok to take magnesium citrate to treat constipation? Stool softeners aren't working.

No Magnesium Citrate: Hello Shawn
Please don't take magnesium citrate to treat constipation. Magnesium citrate is a class C drug regarding pregnancy, which means a "Risk not ruled out", and that "animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus"
I would suggest fiber supplementation (eg fiber one cereal), increased water intake, and gentle exercise along with stool softeners like sodium docusate. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. I had a question regarding constipation relief. I took magnesium citrate three days ago and had success but have not had a BM since then?

Hello Dr. I had a question regarding constipation relief. I took magnesium citrate three days ago and had success but have not had a BM since then?

Constipation: May need more. I would move to the DASH eating plan to help.

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Have severe constipation and need relief fast. Never had this problem before. Have tried a bottle of Magnesium Citrate and no help. I know I have not?

Dr. John Moy Dr. Moy
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Have severe constipation and need relief fast. Never had this problem before. Have tried a bottle of Magnesium Citrate and no help. I know I have not?

Water and salt: Primary cause of constipation is dehydration and lack of sea salt. Are you drinking any water and are you having sea salt intake? If not this is your primary cause. ...Read more

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I took 10 fl of magnesium citrate for constipation and its not working. Does eating food and consuming lots of water make "it" go?

I took 10 fl of magnesium citrate for constipation and its not working. Does eating food and consuming lots of water make "it" go?

Yes. ...: Generous (64+ ounces daily) water and fluid intake is your best strategy to deal with constipation. Including high fiber foods to promote efficient transit through the bowel is also helpful: whole grain cereals, bread, brown rice, vegetables and fruit. A third strategy is daily physical activity such as 30-45 minutes of brisk walking. Put those together, and you should see some results! ...Read more

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I drank magnesium citrate yesterday for severe acute constipation. It worked. Then I had the runs all day. But no bowel movement today. I'm worried.

I drank magnesium citrate yesterday for severe acute constipation. It worked. Then I had the runs all day. But no bowel movement today. I'm worried.

May have cleared: Or u may have gone back to being constipated. If u are passing gas, this is a positive thing. Ways to avoid constipation are to Hydrate well, eat fibers-fruits and exercise regularly. Some people require daily prune juice or a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) ...Read more

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Would it be more beneficial to get colon hydrotherapy or drink magnesium citrate for constipation?

Never / occasional: I would strongly encourage against hydrotherapy as complications such as perforation has been reported. Mag citrate and other laxatives are ok to be used on an occasional (as needed) basis. ...Read more

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Magnesium citrate is not working for my constipation. I only have had liquid stool come out. What should I do?

Excessive magnesium?: Milk of magnesia is a well-known anti--constipation medicine. If you take too much magnesium you will get diarrhea. On the other hand it may be that the particular salt of magnesium does not suit you ...Read more

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For several years I have been experiencing severe constipation and I have tried miralax, docusate, magnesium citrate, senna, sup for several years I have been experiencing severe constipation and I have tried miralax, docusate, magnesium citrate, senna, s

For several years I have been experiencing severe constipation and I have tried miralax, docusate, magnesium citrate, senna, sup for several years I have been experiencing severe constipation and I have tried miralax, docusate, magnesium citrate, senna, s

The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a helathy lifestyle! senna cascara ios not good long term and causes melanosis coli which stains. ...Read more

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I have a chronic arrhythmia due to heart condition. Been experiencing constipation. Would it be safe to try magnesium citrate once? Can it cause Vtach

I have a chronic arrhythmia due to heart condition. Been experiencing constipation. Would it be safe to try magnesium citrate once? Can it cause Vtach

It is safe.: Magnesium is a muscle relaxer. In ER settings, it is given iv with chest pain patients in order to relax the heart. Most people have low mag levels, so any mag you take is a good thing. ...Read more

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Is magnesium citrate safe to use? GI told me to drink 1 bottle & use enema to clean me out & start Linzess tomorrow 4 chronic constipation. Side effec

Common protocol: This is a commonly used protocol for cleaning out the bowel. The fact that it is available in many areas over the counter gives you an idea of how safe it is. The most common effect is you go to the bathroom a lot and it often makes you very loose. ...Read more

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I'm finally going to the bathroom after being constipated. I took magnesium citrate and it was all liquid. Everything else feels great, except still f?

I'm finally going to the bathroom after being constipated. I took magnesium citrate and it was all liquid. Everything else feels great, except still f?

Very effective: Mag citrate is very effective. I recommend you start taking a daily stool softener, not a laxative. This will help you stay normal. Usually start with miralax or colace one or two times daily until your going once daily and no longer dealing with constipation. Taking too much stool softener is just as bad and can lead to constant diarrhea. Request a 2nd oppinion for a more detailed plan. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate from Walgreens once every couple months just to clean yourself out even if not constipated? Good taste

Is it ok to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate from Walgreens once every couple months just to clean yourself out even if not constipated? Good taste

Don't bother.: There's really no benefit to intermittently cleaning yourself out like this. You may feel quite good afterwards, but there's no discernible medical benefit, and quite frankly the more intensive forms of cleaning oneself out are rather risky. So, no, I would not advise that you do this. ...Read more

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My wife is currently pregnant (6 weeks) and has been constipated for 2 weeks is magnesium citrate safe are is there something better?

My wife is currently pregnant (6 weeks) and has been constipated for 2 weeks is magnesium citrate safe are is there something better?

Better options: Magnesium citrate is a powerful stimulant laxative that can be rather explosive, so a safer option for simple constipation would be stool softeners (like colace, fiber pills, milk of mag) or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) a kinder, gentler laxative. Always discuss all meds taken during pregnancy with your ob/gyn doctor, as they are used to dealing with this everyday. ...Read more

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I have been constipated. I drank 10 oz of magnesium citrate and nothing happened. My lower stomach is very distended. What should I do?

Constipation: If you have a strong urge to have a bowel movement and can't, work from below. Try inserting a glycerin rectal suppository. If not successful, insert a dulcolax rectal suppository or a fleets enema. If no urge to go, take another laxative orally such as dulcolax or mirilax. In stubborn cases manual disimpaction is used. See your MD if still in distress. ...Read more

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Hi I was constipated and drank magnesium citrate two nights ago. By today my stool is black, runny, and oily/greasy looking. What should I do.

Hi I was constipated and drank magnesium citrate two nights ago. By today my stool is black, runny, and oily/greasy looking. What should I do.

Truly black???: Black stool indicates possible bleeding ulcer or blood loss somewhere in the proximal GI tract. You need to see your doctor as soon as possible to check it out. ...Read more

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Hello. I am 10 weeks pregnant. Is it safe for me to drink magnesium citrate to be less constipated?! Please help me.

You could use: Magnesium citrate but it is pretty harsh. Try increasing your fiber and use something like miralax (polyethylene glycol) first. Make sure you are drinking plenty of liquids as well. ...Read more

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High stressed. Constipated for a week. Prior 2 months skinny stools or jelly type. Magnesium citrate passed only water. Now stabbing chest pains.?

Have an exam: I'm not sure when was the last time he had a physical exam based on your presentation it's better to be examined. I need more detail about your symptoms of chest pain. ...Read more

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